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  1. I meant to say oldest in reference to Invertigo, but you obviously knew what I meant. I edited it in my original post. That is an interesting tid-bit on Tim Fisher. I believe Tim Fisher was GM when SOB was added so maybe he's helping making up for that mistake.
  2. The loss of Vortex definitely modernized the Kings Island skyline. The oldest steel coaster over 100 feet is Invertigo. In the back of my mind, Invertigo doesn't really count as a major part of the skyline, so after that it's Diamondback. Which is just... wild. On another note, since Vortex was pulled down in narrow sections, I'm hoping they were able to drop it within the ride path and preserve the sections of trees.
  3. Alright, it has obviously been a very long time since this topic has been discussed! Does anyone have any more information, stories, or pictures of the Boat Tag attraction while it was at Kings Island? This page shows it opening in 1994. Anyone know what year it cosed? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_former_Kings_Island_attractions
  4. I drove by late this afternoon. No new supports or track have been erected from what I could see. Pictures of the most recent work have already been posted here by others.
  5. Anyone else read the title of this thread as Webcam "Outrage" Discussion?
  6. That's pretty cool. When driving up I-71 North, the cranes peak out over the trees before you can even see the Warren County Water Tower or any rides in the skyline. Those cranes really are massive! Furthermore, while Orion won't "look" that much taller than Diamondback, it balances out the park nicely. I always liked how Son of Beast framed out the Eiffel Tower when driving north and Orion has a similar effect.
  7. On one hand, I think building out this park with rides along with the Sesame Street brand could be a really successful endeavor. On the other hand, I think it's really strange that they are dropping rides into the existing park instead of adding an additional area. Not sure how that's going to work. https://sesameplace.com/san-diego/about-the-park/
  8. The emerald ash borer has a lot to do with the tree removals you see around the park.
  9. That is a good point! I'll add one more - Ghoster Coaster - Surf Dog (definitely an upgrade)
  10. I should clarify, I have ridden a B&M's with floor-less trains and regular sitting trains (a la Hulk). Just curious if people think the floor-less experience is that much greater. Would it be worth the extra cost to add the machinery in the station to accommodate the floor-less trains? The ride layouts on these coasters seem to be similar regardless of the train style . Either would be a worthy replacement for Vortex in terms of lift hill height and inversions. I took the "sitting coaster" terminology from RCDB.
  11. What about a B&M sitting coaster (a la Hulk or Time Machine)? Are floor-less trains vastly greater than sitting?
  12. 1. It's kind of funny that The Vortex land will probably sit empty for a while right after the land across the way was just redeveloped for Antique Autos . (After 20+ years! For the most part.) 2. While I think The Vortex station is a goner, it would be cool if KI reused it for a 3rd coaster. Does anyone know of another example of a coaster station being reused for an entirely different coaster? I don't think RMC's and stand-up to floor-less conversions count. I will miss the Victorian (ish) styling of the station. 3. How far would be acceptable for a new coaster to go back without encroaching on Beast's seclusion? I'm thinking not past the crest of the first lift hill.
  13. It was built to house the helicopter for the helicopter tours. Last I knew, it was used as temporary storage in the summer and for winter maintenance on the wood coaster trains in the off-season.
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